Alabama employers among Freedom Award semifinalists


MONTGOMERY – Three Alabama employers are among 148 semifinalists for the 2017 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. They were selected from 3,064 nominations submitted by Guardsmen and Reservists.

The three employers are:

  • Team TSI, Albertville (small business)

  • Topre America Corp., Cullman (large business)

  • Phenix City Board of Education (public sector)

“We are so proud of these employers and grateful for the support they provide to the men and women of the National Guard and Reserve,” said Dr. William Kringel, chairman of the Alabama Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.

The Freedom Award began in 1996 by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve to draw attention to support from the employer community. To date, only 235 employers have received the award. More than 17,000 nominations have been received since 2011.

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense agency, seeks to develop and promote a culture in which all American employers support and value the military service of their employees with ESGR as the principal advocate within DoD. ESGR does this by advocating relevant initiatives, recognizing outstanding support, increasing awareness of applicable laws and resolving conflict between employers and service members. Paramount to ESGR’s mission is encouraging employment of Guardsmen and Reservists who bring integrity, global perspective and proven leadership to the civilian workforce.